• 17
      Nov
      Season 2017 on sale now!
      The Empire Theatres have announced a huge program of entertainment for the year ahead with the launch of Season 2017 today. Season 2017 celebrates 20 years of the Empire Theatre since the official reopening in 1997 and features a number of national companies, including Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Ballet. Headlini...
    • 15
      Nov
      Homegrown Independents Program 2017
      Homegrown is the Empire Theatre Projects Company’s Independents program encouraging the development and production of new and exciting works and allowing them space to be seen and presented. Independent producers are afforded expert advice and assistance to produce their event and the program is flexible and responsive to the individual needs of the producer. Past Independent producers have gone o...
    • 04
      Nov
      Wicked Cast Announced
      The Empire Theatres are thrilled to announce an incredibly talented lineup of local performers who will take the stage for the 2017 major production, Wicked. Wicked takes the classic story behind The Wizard of Oz and flips the perspective, telling the previously untold story of the Witches of Oz.  Following unlikely friends Elphaba and Glinda as they overcome rivalry, envy and ambition in the ...
    • 18
      Oct
      2016 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursary Recipients Announced
      Some of the region’s most talented young performers were acknowledged today, with the presentation of the 2016 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursaries. More than $20,000 in bursaries was awarded to 26 young talents, with the aim of developing skills and giving new experiences to young artists who demonstrate talent, involvement and achievement in a performing arts discipline. This year’s rec...
    • 26
      Aug
      shake and stir bring new twist to classic story in Tequila Mockinbird
      Innovative and boundary pushing theatre company shake & stir are returning to the Empire Theatre on the 19 October with the profound and challenging adaptation Tequila Mockingbird. Inspired by Harper Lee’s classic Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird, shake & stir have expertly transferred the narrative into a uniquely Australian context, exploring themes of racial prejudice,...
    • 19
      Aug
      Wicked Auditions Open!
      The Empire Theatre is searching for talented cast members and orchestra members for their upcoming 2017 major production, Wicked. The creative team includes Director Alison Vallette, Designer Josh McIntosh, Musical Director Natalie Otto and Choreographer George Canham. This talented team are thrilled to be bringing this much loved musical to the Empire Theatre stage. To download an information ...
    • 19
      Aug
      Tutus on Tour twirls into Toowoomba
      Queensland Ballet returns to Toowoomba this weekend for Tutus on Tour held from 24-25 September at the Armitage Centre – Heritage Bank Auditorium. The only Queensland Ballet performance of the year, Tutus on Tour promises a charming program of short works and excerpts from their current repertoire. Inspired by three emotionally riveting stories, the show begins with the thought provoking Ershter V...
    • 26
      Jul
      Only One Week Left Until Acting Masterclass with Director Matt Scholten Begins
      Accomplished director Matt Scholten will be providing intensive adult acting masterclasses for the theatrically inclined at the Empire Theatre from August 2 – September 6. Nationally acclaimed director Matt Scholten, a graduate of the Victorian College of Arts has had a prestigious career as a writer, producer and teacher, with his directorial work being presented by the likes of The Melbourne T...
    • 01
      Jul
      Sam Nester announced as Brian Boak Bursary Winner
      For Queensland born musician and 2016 Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary recipient Sam Nester, achievement in the arts has shaped not only his life but his musical repertoire. Having received The Empire Theatres Foundation's Brian Boak Developing Performer Bursary in 2011, Mr Nester has yet again proved his musical prowess and determination to succeed musically by receiving The Empire Theat...
    • 29
      Jun
      Morning Melodies Returns With Broadway Favourites Show
      The popular Morning Melodies series returns to the Empire Theatre on August 18 with Broadway Favourites, taking place during the state-wide celebration of Seniors Week from the 13-21 August.  Directed by highly accomplished director and choreographer Alison Vallette, director of the highly successful Empire Theatres production of Mary Poppins and recently announced director of the highly anticipat...
    • 24
      Jun
      Barber of Seville Bursts onto Empire Theatre Stage
      Celebrating the bicentennial of its debut performance this year, Opera Queensland’s The Barber of Seville will appear at the Empire Theatre on the August 24.  An iconic opera, The Barber of Seville follows an assortment of eccentric and animated characters weaved into a love story of comedic proportions.  The story follows the charming Count Almaviva and the beautiful maiden Rosina in a tale abo...
    • 24
      Jun
      Supergirly Promises Return of Homegrown Pop Princess
        Self-proclaimed pop princess Supergirly once bathed in the limelight like the A-lister she was born to be, before a quick descent into obscurity and her gaudy mansion, but is back again to share her story with the Empire Theatre audience on August 28 in a unique comedy cabaret show.  Armed with razor-sharp wit, serious singing skills, and an artillery of outrageous lyrics, Supergirly is ruthless...
    • 24
      Jun
      Melbourne Ballet Company's Arche Graces The Empire Stage
      The Empire Theatre is thrilled to host the modern and innovative retelling of the eternally classic Swan Lake with Melbourne Ballet’s Archè on August 10.   In Greek Mythology Archè indicates the beginning; the principle from which the elements rise and the force that explains their birth and death.  Director Simon Hoy has created a delightful and creative show with unique choreography that simulta...
    • 15
      Jun
      One Night Only with International Broadway Star- Shoshana Bean!
      A Broadway star will light up the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre stage this month, with acclaimed musical theatre performer Shoshana Bean on July 15 for one night only.  In celebration of the upcoming Empire Theatres production of Wicked in 2017, one of the first performers to play the iconically green skinned witch Elphaba, original Hairspray cast member and seasoned stage veteran Shoshana Be...
    • 13
      Jun
      2016 Youth Bursaries Now Open
      The Empire Theatres offers Youth Bursaries to provide opportunities for multiple young people per year to develop their performing arts skills (including instrumental music, singing, dance and acting) at leading Australian performing arts educational institutions. Organisations include National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of Arts, Queens...
    • 13
      Jun
      Pants Down Circus Rock in unique Armitage Centre show
      It’s a long way to the top, the big top, and these guys are livin’ on a prayer for nothin’ but a good time.  Imagine the greatest rock band ever, as a circus! Pants Down Circus ROCK! features the incredible skills of four rock stars of Australian circus, in a high energy and performance for the whole family on July 3.  Pants Down Circus is a creative, vibrant and highly skilled ensemble working...
    • 08
      Jun
      Neil Street two-way as of 16 June

      Toowoomba Regional Council will be converting all of Neil Street to two-way traffic as of Thursday 16 June.

      Council confirms speed limit will be 40km as per the other main streets in the city, ensuring pedestrian safety.

      The bus zone and pedestrian crossing outside the Empire Theatre remain, with new signage advising of the changes. 

       

    • 29
      May
      Bursary winner to return for album premiere performance
      After the release of her successful second album Lady Luck, Brian Boak Bursary winner Angela Davis has returned to Toowoomba for the Australian premiere performance in the Armitage Centre on June 4. Ms Davis was awarded the 2014 Empire Theatres Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary and used the bursary funds to develop and record the disc. Since completing her album, Ms Davis has moved back to...
    • 28
      May
      Bursary Winning Musician holds local masterclass
      After years of living, performing and recording in New York City, 2011 Brian Boak Bursary winner Sam Nester has returned to the Empire Theatre to share his talents in a one-off masterclass on June 4. Mr Nester said he was excited to pass on his knowledge and hoped participants would get another perspective on brass playing and what being a musician means to him.  “The opportunity to come and me...
    • 17
      May
      Star soprano Mirusia on Empire stage this month
       Brisbane born soprano Mirusia will return home with her new solo program This Time Tomorrow, live on the Empire Theatre stage on May 28. For the past nine years the thirty year old Australian, hailed the angel of Australia, has toured extensively around the globe as Star soprano for André Rieu.  Mirusia has achieved recognition as a true international performer, singing many styles of music i...